Note: Miguel Millán is appearing as Billy in the Spanish production of Billy Elliot the Musical (BETM) at the Teatro Nuevo Alcalá in Madrid, with previews beginning on Sep 22, 2017.
Debut: September 24, 2017 (Madrid, Spain)
Total Performances as Billy to Date: 17 (As of 30-Nov-2017)
Miguel was told about the BETM auditions when they were advertised in early 2016, and decided to go along despite the fact that he had never had any dance training. At the audition he was required to learn and perform some choreography, and looking back on it he was surprised to get through as he thought he danced terribly. However, the director, David Serrano, recalls, “In the casting we emphasized that the aspirants had a classical dance training, but we also selected kids because of their physical or intellectual abilities, and that is the case of Miguel.” Serrano went on to say that it was Miguel’s potential and ability to learn that they spotted at that first audition.
For the past 18 months Miguel has been training at the Billy Elliot School in Madrid alongside the other Billys, where he has learned a variety of disciplines including ballet, tap, acrobatics, acting and singing. This has involved attending the school for three to four hours a day on weekdays, and some Saturdays too.
Miguel does have some previous theatrical experience. He appeared in Priscilla at the Teatro Jovellanos in Madrid last summer.
Before his involvement in BETM in Madrid, Miguel had never seen the Billy Elliot film or the musical, although he did know the story. Talking about the other cast members in the show he says, “I feel very comfortable working with them”, and that he is not too nervous about performing as Billy.
Miguel’s debut performance in the title role of Billy Elliot on 24-Sep-2017 made him the 222nd actor worldwide to play the role in a professional, regional or community theatre production of the show.
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